Read & Write Gold


Read & Write Gold (for Mac and Win) literacy software helps struggling readers, writers, students with learning disabilities, and English language learners build confidence and independence to succeed at home, work and school. It’s available from the Software Shop at no cost to UWM faculty, staff and students.

How to get the Software:
UWM faculty, staff and students can purchase Read & Write Gold from the SoftwareShop.

For Faculty and Staff:
Once faculty or staff complete an order, a notification is sent to their department’s IT support technician who will assist with installation. The technician will contact the buyer with instructions–how to obtain the software.

    Home Use: The home use version of Read and Write Gold can be purchased from the SoftwareShop (from the “Home Use” category). Once the transaction is complete, an email with a link to a resource where the software can be downloaded is issued.

For Students:
When a student places an order and the transaction is complete, an email with a link to a resource where the software can be downloaded is sent.

    **Note: Issue with Mac OS X computers**
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Software Brief – Read and Write Gold

Read & Write Gold FAQs:

  • Is the software available for Windows computers?
    Yes, it’s available for Windows (Windows XP SP3 or above).

    For more information about the software, click here.

  • Is the software available for Mac OS X?
    Yes, it’s available for Mac OS X (10.7, 10.8 or 10.9).

    For more information about the software, click here.

  • How to resolve 'Identity of the developer cannot be confirmed' on a Mac error?
    By default, Mac OS 10.8.x , 10.9.x or 10.10.x only allows users to install or run applications from ‘verified sources’. Sometimes, when a known developer (such as textHelp) needs to update their application’s code to confirm their “identity” with Apple, an error may occur. As a result, users may be unable to install or run some applications downloaded from the internet or stored on physical media. To resolve this issue, please follow the steps below.

    1. Open the System Preferences. This can be done by either clicking on the System Preferences icon in the Dock or by going to Apple Menu > System Preferences.
    2. Open the Security & Privacy pane by clicking Security & Privacy.
    3. Make sure that the General section of the the Security & Privacy pane is selected. If the lock icon at lower left is “locked”, click the icon labeled Click the lock to make changes.
    4. Enter your username and password into the prompt that appears and click Unlock.
    5. Under the section labeled Allow applications downloaded from:, select Anywhere. On the prompt that appears, click Allow From Anywhere.
    6. Exit System Preferences by clicking the red button in the upper left of the window.

    You should now be able to install/run applications that are tagged as being from an “Unidentified Developer”. Once the developer has corrected their “identy” issue, be sure to revert changes made above, and once again allow only “applications downloaded from Mac App Store and identified developers”.

  • Is the software available in Campus Computing Labs?
    Yes, it’s available in public computing labs.